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Gov. Bob McDonnell  (Source: latimesblogs.latimes.com)
The fee is meant to replace the state's gas tax

Drivers of hybrid and electric vehicles protested a proposed transportation plan in the state of Virginia, which would charge them $100 per year.

The $3.1 billion transportation plan, which was proposed by Gov. Bob McDonnell, would eliminate Virginia's gas tax entirely. However, drivers of hybrid and electric vehicles would have to pay an annual fee of $100 to make up for it.

"It's meant to compensate for the federal gas tax that those vehicles do not pay," said McDonnell.

However, hybrid and electric vehicle drivers feel that this plan thwarts progress in the area of clean vehicles rather than encourages it. Some drivers have even called the fee a "punishment."

"We should be rewarding people for trying to do their part to stop the climate crisis and to lower pollution," said Beth Kemler, who attended the protest. "We shouldn't be punishing them with taxes."

In other U.S. states, such as California, residents are awarded for making green auto choices. California residents can save as much as $13,000 on the purchase of an electric vehicle through the use of tax rebates/credits.

Source: WTOP



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By bsd228 on 2/4/2013 5:25:53 PM , Rating: 2
EV buyers have been the beta tests for this new technology. Yes, there has been subsidization of the purchase price (and carpool lane stickers, etc) for them, but they are subsidizing the massive r&d of this effort as well.

Unless you want to insist we can drive 20-30mpg cars forever and will always be able to find new oil sources (at $100+ $/barrel), we have to move to more efficient cars, or ones that don't rely solely on petroleum to run.

The part about 5 years of useful live is nonsense. We heard it with the prius, even as the taxis proved otherwise. And we're still hearing it now.


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